The Costa Blanca has so much more to offer than just sun, beach and sea. What about a visit to Elche? In this city, at a 30 minutes drive from Dormio Resort Costa Blanca, you will find two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Cool off in the City of Palm Trees!
One of the most special places in Elche is the Palmeral de Elche. With over 200,000 palm trees, this is one of the largest palm tree gardens in the world. This area was built in the time of the Moors and is known for its ancient irrigation system. Since 2000, the palm garden is on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
Besides palm trees you will find lemon, orange and pomegranate trees, cacti, artichokes and carob trees. Feel free to take the time to walk through the beautiful park and cool off under the palm trees! In the park you will also find a restaurant and visitor center.
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The Mystery of Elche (El misterio de Elche) is a sacred musical drama about death, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the coronation of the Virgin Mary. Every year on the 14th and 15th of August, this play is performed in honour of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Since the 15th century it has taken place in the Basilica of Santa Maria. In 2001 UNESCO added this tradition to the immaterial world heritage.
The Basilica of Santa Maria is open all year round. The main entrance is richly decorated in Baroque style and very impressive. From the tower you have a beautiful view over the city and all its palm trees.
The city of Elche has a lot more to offer! You can also visit the Alcázar de la Señoría, a fortress from the 12th century. In the Spanish Civil War this building served as a prison, but in the past it was also used as a factory and town hall. Nowadays the Archaeological and Historical Museum (MAHE) is located here.
In the middle of Elche you will find the Baños Arabes, or Arab baths. These baths were built in the 12th century by the Moors. At that time, the Arab baths symbolized the economic prosperity and prosperity of the city. You will see the remains of a cold bath, a moderate temperature bath and a hot steam bath.
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